gets final nod
Sun Valley Council adopts
law after final tweaks
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Sun Valley City Council members last week
issued final approval for the city’s proposed "Hillside Development Ordinance,"
a long-awaited piece of legislation designed to regulate development on steep
In a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 20,
the panel voted 4-0 to adopt the new law with minor revisions.
"That’s a lot of hard work," said
Councilman Lud Renick, commenting during a subdued moment after the vote.
Mayor David Wilson, who was responding to
a personal tragedy last Thursday, was absent from the meeting.
Community Development Director Jack Cloud
said the law will not take effect until some time after the city has published a
summary of its provisions. It could become effective by January, he noted.
As approved, the new ordinance will amend
Sun Valley’s existing zoning regulations to effectively restrict the development
of—and creation of—steeply sloped parcels.
The approved ordinance will add new
language to two distinct sections of the zoning code. Generally, it will
restrict the height and design of buildings planned for hillside parcels, as
well as offer incentives to developers to lessen the impacts of projects in
The legislation will effectively ban
construction of buildings on hillsides with a slope of 25 percent or greater,
except in a very limited set of exempted circumstances.
Council members on Thursday clarified
language in the ordinance that will exempt some low-lying properties from
restrictions that disallow building on steep slopes.
Specifically, council members ordered that
a set of properties east of Sun Valley Road and south of Dollar Road be given
the option to cut into slopes that are greater than 25 percent grade. The
exempted area is known as Trail Creek subdivision.
Council members determined at an earlier
meeting that development of some properties in the area could be enhanced if
landowners are permitted to cut into steep slopes below Sun Valley
Road—generally out of the public’s view.
City officials have been working on the
ordinance for approximately two years. The council approved the ordinance in
August, but could not formally adopted it into law until the third public review
and reading was conducted last week.